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Lukashenko, Naryshkin discuss cooperation of Belarus, Russian intelligence services

Intelligence services of Belarus and Russia have established close cooperation in the protection of the national interests of the two states, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Sergey Naryshkin on 17 October, BelTA has learned.

You are the leader of a very important agency. We are not going to conceal that we maintain close contacts.

Moratorium on new taxes in Belarus reaffirmed

Belarus' Minister of Taxes and Dues Sergei Nalivaiko reaffirmed the moratorium on new taxes and fees in Belarus in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel on 15 October, BelTA has learned.

We are not planning to impose new taxes, fees. This is reflected in the program of social and economic development of the country for the current period, and in the set of documents to be signed by the head of state (to stimulate business activity note by BelTA), Sergei Nalivaiko said.

Belarusian nuclear power plant to recoup investment in 15 years, reduce electricity prices by 15-20%

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is supposed to recoup investment in 15 years. There are plans to reduce electricity rates by 15-20% after the nuclear power plant goes online, BelTA learned from Yevgeny Chervyakov, Deputy Director General of the state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, on 12 October.

Yevgeny Chervyakov said that in line with the project's business plan the payback period is 15 years.

Lukashenko criticizes CIS Interparliamentary Assembly for low efficiency

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko criticized the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly for low efficiency at the session of the CIS Council of Heads of State in Sochi on 11 October, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said that he had already had an opportunity to share opinions about the operation of certain CIS bodies, in particular, the Interparliamentary Assembly, with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Prospects of Belarus-Azerbaijan military, technical cooperation discussed in Minsk

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Azerbaijan Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov to discuss the prospects of military and technical cooperation, BelTA has learned.

The head of state remarked that Belarus and Azerbaijan continue cooperation, including in the military and technical dimension. I am not going to explain the nature of our relations to anyone. I want to say only one thing: our relations do not violate any international agreements, any resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

Amendments for decree on financial rehabilitation of Belarusian agricultural enterprises

The Council of Ministers of Belarus has prepared amendments to decree No.253 on measures for the financial rehabilitation of agricultural enterprises. Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov made the statement while on a working trip to Grodno Oblast on 6 October, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Kobyakov said: This Tuesday we will hold a session of the Council of Ministers' Presidium to sum up results after one year since decree No.

Kobyakov: Belarus constantly seeks new opportunities for economic growth

Belarus is always on the lookout for new opportunities for economic growth and for new partners. Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov made the statement as he met with honorary consuls of Belarus in the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 5 October, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Kobyakov stressed that Belarus continues expanding cooperation with leading distant-arc countries on all the continents.

Belarus' social policy prioritizes housing improvement

Housing improvement will always be one of Belarus' social policy priorities, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session to discuss a new wording of the Housing Code and the improvement of legislation concerning the number of abandoned and shabby houses on 3 October, BelTA has learned.

We should create all conditions and mechanisms to help people with housing improvement.

Revised decree on social dependency forwarded to Belarus president

The Council of Ministers has forwarded the revised decree on preventing social dependency to the head of state, BelTA learned from Vladislav Sychevich, Press Secretary of the Prime Minister of Belarus.

According to the source, the presidential decree on social dependency has been adjusted, polished and forwarded for consideration of the head of state.

BelTA reported earlier that on 3 August Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko heard out a report on the demographic situation and efforts to help Belarusians find jobs.

Belarus to reduce key interest rate to 11% per year as from 18 October

The Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus (NBRB) has decided in favor of reducing the refinancing rate from 11.5% to 11% per annum as from 18 October, representatives of the Information and Public Relations Office of the country's central bank told BelTA.

The decision was made as a result of the quarterly session held on 27 September to discuss the current state of affairs and forecasts concerning the national economy and the monetary management sphere.

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